FWIW, this is probably why I am not a Roman Catholic.
The customs I observe them promoting are not in keeping with the tradition of the Apostles, but by continuing to take in the Word of God through Scripture I am able to maintain growing through the tradition of Paul. By attempting to pray to Mary, I find myself counterfeiting that which God has provided in Christ, so I turn away from such things.
I don’t know if God’s Plan calls for some to pray to Mary. I see good reason and many cases where believers shouldn’t do so in order to avoid placing something other than God before Him. It doesn’t for myself, so I find it much better to remain in faith through what He intends, though faith in Christ.
posted on 03/22/2010 6:52:07 AM PDT
(Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
1. Which are these customs?
2. How do you state that these are not Apostolic Customs? Do they contradict scripture -- scripture which was born out of Apostolic Tradition
3. We do not pray to Mary in the sense of worshipping her -- she is not divine, but a created being. We ask her to pray for us. God's plan is for us to help others, Mary follows God's plan by helping us the only way she can -- by praying for us.
posted on 03/22/2010 7:52:06 AM PDT
(Origen(200AD)"The Church received from theApostles the tradition of giving Baptism even to infants")
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